UNMOL (Urdu for Precious): Access to Cancer Medicines in Pakistan
A program offering a sustainable financial solution for those that cannot afford the out-of-pocket payments for oncology treatment in Pakistan.
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The objective of the Patient Support Programme in Pakistan is to enable low income patients to afford standard of care medicines to treat their cancers.
In order to help address multiple access challenges, Roche Pakistan launched its Patient Support Program for access to cancer medicines, called “UNMOL” (Urdu for “Precious”) in August 2017.
UNMOL offers support for two major hurdles in the patient journey.
Firstly, the program offers a sustainable financial solution for those in need of oncology treatment by providing free of cost medicines for different types of cancers.
It also offers face-to-face facilitation in public hospitals to help patients enrol in available public funding programs to cover treatment costs. One such public program is Sehat Sahulat, Pakistan’s Universal Healthcare program. In recent years Roche Pakistan has accelerated its efforts to provide standard-of- care cancer treatment to eligible patients through this programme.
Many of these patients were able to advance their treatment through Sehat Sahulat via UNMOL.
Results and milestones
More than 15,000 patients have been supported with cancer care since the launch of UNMOL, with 2200+ patients being helped through the Sehat initiative with a growing percentage of women.
- Eastern Mediterranean
- Non-communicable diseases
- People with low incomes
SGDs the partnership contributes to
- 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
- 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Hematological Cancers
- Other NCDs